What's in season (in Britain)

5 February 2005

I found this recipe in olive magazine – I wouldn’t say I’m a big fan of pears (!) but thought it looked pretty and would give it a go. Fortunately, nothing complicated involved; you just need to poach the pears in saffron infused syrupy water and fill with white chocolate mousse (melted chocolate + lightly whipped double cream) where you remove the core (your guests would be impressed by the mousse coming out like fondant).

The fun bit is browning the pears with blowtorch – I don’t think it makes much difference in taste but looks more interesting :) (I’m a visual person…)

I personally prefer this with vanilla ice cream, though, I found white chocolate a little bit overpowering. I use conference or cornice pears, but any firm type will do.

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  • HI Keiko, welcome to the world of food blogs. Are you in the culinary industry? Your pears look fantastic - nice work on the food AND the photo.

    Posted by londonchef | 6 February 2005 #
  • Beautiful lighting that really enhances the dish. It all looks very appetizing. :-)

    Posted by anne [wideangle.ca] | 7 February 2005 #
  • Oh, my gosh.......this sounds heavenly. I must try it. Besides the recipe, the image is wonderful, good lighting.

    Posted by photographer52 | 7 February 2005 #
  • You made those pears lok preety tasty, congrats,

    Posted by F. Castilho | 7 February 2005 #
  • mmm, and beautiful.

    Posted by wah | 7 February 2005 #
  • Arg I’m hungry !!!
    This shot is perfect, I like the angle shot, the perspective and the lighting. The colors are very hamonious. It’s beautiful !


    Posted by Sakana | 7 February 2005 #
  • Hi Keiko, your photos are wonderful! And your cinnamon rolls look so perfect, mine never turn out so beautiful :-) I will definately come here again!

    Posted by Dagmar | 7 February 2005 #
  • Hi Keiko,

    Your pears are fantastic...what a shot! You have a lovely blog- welcome to the blogosphere!


    Posted by Moira | 7 February 2005 #
  • Thank you for all your comments - I’ve never learned cooking or photography, but I’m hoping my enthusiasm for food will improve both skills as I carry on...

    Posted by keiko | 8 February 2005 #
  • What you have done to an already perfectly gorgeous fruit is amazing. What a beautiful shot!

    Posted by Viv | 8 February 2005 #
  • Viv, thank you for your comments - I think the saffron complements the pears (not just the colour, the flavour as well).

    Posted by | 9 February 2005 #
  • mmm, nice! i’m hungry now:-)

    Posted by yuri | 9 February 2005 #
  • Hi! Thanks for visiting my site the other day. You’ve got a lovely site here!
    Those pears look so good. I just want to take a bite right now!

    Posted by obachan | 10 February 2005 #
  • Hi Yuri

    Thanks for visiting - I really like the design of your site, and the photos are beautiful.

    Hi Obachan

    Thank you for your comment - I feel homesick everytime I visit your site (but I can’t stop visiting...)

    Posted by Keiko | 11 February 2005 #
  • Superb food, superb photos!

    Posted by typicalswe | 2 August 2006 #

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